Staph Infection Testing In Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- A hospital near Chicago plans to start testing all incoming patients for a drug-resistant staph bacteria.

Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois says it's launching universal screening because of recent reports suggesting that the germ, MRSA (MUR'-suh), is becoming more widespread.

Several cases have been reported recently among school students in Illinois and around the nation. Awareness has also been heightened by the case of a Virginia student who died two weeks ago.

Before that, the government issued a report estimating that more than 90,000 Americans get the most dangerous kind of MRSA infections each year.

The hospital is to have its program up and running by the end of November. Tests will provide results within two hours, and those carrying the dangerous bacteria will be isolated and treated.

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